After a flurry of moves by the Miami Marlins on Friday, the organization is set to add minor league prospects to their 40-man roster.
The Miami Marlins are once again making moves to help the organization’s future. After trimming the team’s 40-man roster and outrighting three players to the minors, the front office is set to promote top prospects as replacements.
"Per Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, “The organization announced backup catcher Bryan Holaday, reliever Drew Rucinski, and Minor League left-hander Miguel Del Pozo have been outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans.”"
Our own Kevin Kraczkowski wrote about these changes on Marlin Maniac. These moves along with others made earlier in the month, reduce Miami’s 40-man roster to 31, clearing space to add several of the organization’s top prospects.
The Marlins have been active this month, making changes to the organization on all levels of the minor leagues and with its Major League roster. Monday, the team announced they have inked international stars Victor Victor Mesa and his brother Victor Mesa Jr. after several moves to secure more international bonus pool cash.
Things are about to get a little more interesting as the team arrives at Spring Training in Jupiter, Florida in a little over three months.
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"“In the next week or so, the club is expected to add prospects such as outfielder Monte Harrison, second baseman Isan Diaz and right-handers Jorge Guzman, Nick Neidert, Jordan Yamamoto, Robert Dugger and Tommy Eveld — among others — to its 40-man roster,” Frisaro wrote."
Harrison and Yamamoto have shown improvement in their play the last few weeks as both are starring in the Arizona Fall League.
Of those who are going to be added to the team’s 40-man roster, Diaz may have the best shot of making the 25-man roster on Opening Day. The Marlins still must decide what to do with second baseman Starlin Castro.
Will the team pay the $11 million price tag in 2019 for the veteran? Castro is scheduled to make $16 million in 2020.
The Marlins made it known they want to sign catcher J.T. Realmuto to a long-term deal this offseason. Making the move to outright Holaday may have something to do with the team’s thinking about the future.
There is only one other catcher on the roster, Chad Wallach, who should be the team’s backup if Reamuto remains with the team.
Dugger, Yamamoto and Neidert all have an outside shot to make the MLB roster. Neidert is the team’s No. 2 ranked minor league prospect was the the organization’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year.